Meyer Memorial Trust was created by the late Fred G. Meyer, founder of a chain of retail stores bearing his name throughout the Pacific Northwest. Established in 1982, Meyer has awarded roughly $700 million in grants and program-related investments to more than 3,200 organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 2016, the trust has focused its grantmaking to better align with its mission: to work with and invest in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon. The man behind the Meyer Memorial Trust, Fred G. Meyer, was a man ahead of his time. The values that guided him — to innovate, take risks, embrace diversity, adapt to changing circumstances, contribute to economic development and parity, and develop the power of the mind — continue to create and inform the culture of the foundation he established, influencing what we do and how we do it. Today, the trust sees its role as working to dismantle barriers to equity in education, housing and the environment and to improve community conditions so that all Oregonians can reach their full potential. The trust fulfills its mission using a mix of strategic, proactive and responsive investments, including grants, loans, initiatives, commissions for research and support for policy advocacy and a range of community and nonprofit engagement strategies.
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